- Prolonged early-phase labor
- Cervical dilation of 6 cm rather than 4 cm as the start of active labor
- More time for labor to progress in the active phase
- Longer pushing (for 2 to 3 hours or longer depending on situation)
- Assist techniques for vaginal delivery, such as forceps.
“the amount paid for C-sections in New Hampshire is 64 percent higher than for vaginal deliveries. The study also showed that the New Hampshire C-section rate grew from 28 percent in 2005 to 32.5 percent in 2008, and that the statewide rise is consistent with national trends."Please see the full article on NHBR.com: New effort seeks to stem rise of C-sections in N.H.